A graduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Nutrition can lead to excellent careers and professional opportunities in the applied, industrial, research, and academic health sectors.
The program’s mission is to promote an understanding of the relationship between nutrition and disease, through conducting basic science research, using predominantly molecular and cellular models.
- Faculty explore mechanisms of obesity, diabetes, and cancer using molecular and cellular models.
- The Nutrition department houses a state-of-the-art Affymetrix Core facility, which allows investigators to examine differential gene expression in a wide variety of cell types and tissues. There are currently over a dozen types of GeneChips available including yeast, human, rat, and mouse.
- Several faculty are members of the Graduate Program in Genome and Science Technology (GST) and Comparative and Experimental Medicine (CEM).
The Cellular and Molecular Nutrition program’s strengths are its emphasis on excellence in translational laboratory research to explore metabolic pathways, gene-nutrient interactions, and mechanisms by which dietary factors influence disease processes, which provide the foundation of the field of Nutrition Science.
- Professional development is fostered through the development of general laboratory skills and state-of-the-art molecular biological techniques exploring effects on gene, protein, and metabolic expression patterns.
- Students present their research at a number of national and international conferences and are expected to publish their thesis and dissertation work in high-quality peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
For more information on the Cellular and Molecular Nutrition Program, contact:
Department of Nutrition